This edited collection attempts to revive a unified anthropological approach to the study of sex and gender hierarchies. Seventeen distinguished contributors - from cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics - have produced a wealth of fascinating data on human and primate, ancient and contemporary, and 'primitive' and developed societies, covering topics such as mothering and child care, work, health, intrafamily relationships, and public power. The interdisciplinary approach successfully contributes to the development of better theory and methodology in anthropology.
• Expect to be used widely in classroom teaching, in anthropology, physical anthropology, and psychology courses • The contributors are nearly all senior scholars and very well known in their respective areas; they are US authors, but they are known in the UK too • There is no comparable book which brings together material on sex and gender from a number of disciplines
Preface Barbara Diane Miller; A note on the discussions at Mijas Elizabeth Colson; Part I. Overview and Theoretical Perspectives: 1. The anthropology of sex and gender hierarchies Barbara Diane Miller; 2. Sex differences and gender hierarchies among primates: an evolutionary perspective Adrienne Zihlman; 3. The evolution of gender hierarchies: a trial formulation Marvin Harris; Part II. Sex and Gender Hierarchies from Conception to Death: 4. Blood: cultural effectiveness of biological conditions Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin; 5. Reproduction and gender hierarchy: amniocentesis in America Rayna Rapp; 6. Variations in male-female dominance and offspring care in nonhuman primates Patricia C. Wright; 7. Indexing gender Elinor Ochs; 8. The politics of polygyny in Mende education and child fosterage transactions Caroline Bledsoe; 9. Sexual repression, social control, and gender hierarchy in Sambia culture Gilbert Herdt; 10. Primatological perspectives on gender hierarchies Joan B. Silk; 11. Conjugal power in Tokugawa Japanese families: a matter of life and death G. William Skinner; Part III. Complexity and Change in Gender Hierarchies: 12. Skeletal evidence for sex roles and gender hierarchies in prehistory Mark Nathan Cohen and Sharon Bennett; 13. Gender hierarchy and the Queens of Silla Sarah M. Nelson; 14. Gender hierarchy in Burma: cultural, social and psychological dimensions Melford E. Spiro; 15. Turning the tables? Male strippers and the gender hierarchy in America Maxine O. Margolis and Marigene Arnold; 16. Women in Samoan history: a further critique of Derek Freeman Eleanor Leacock; 17. Sanskritization as female oppression in India Gerald D. Berreman; Index.